I grew up outside of Dallas and used to head to Deep Ellum on the weekend to see the local bands, like the New Bohemians, play Theater Gallery. Prophet Bar and Club Clearview. later I got to know some members of the band wand was able to see them perform with Bob Dylan and Don Henley. There was even an overnight stay in the Norman OK jail as part of the adventure (long story, buy me a beer sometime and I’ll tell you)
I was proud of our little, local band doing well.
Well band split, Brickell moved to New York City and did some solo work. Oh, and she married some musician names Paul Simon.
When i heard that Brickell would be rording with Steve Martin i had a feeling it was going to be cool. Martin might be a jester but his banjo playing is dead serious and steeped in tradition which he’s proven with his Grammy-nominated work with the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Love Has Come for You, will be released on April 23rd through Rounder Records. 13 new songs that allow Martin’s excellent banjo work to inspire Brickell’s lyrics and vocals. Below you the two talk about working on the album and you get to sample some of the tunes. All in a setting echoing the album’s cover.
The collaboration began when Martin sent Brickell “a tune with no song to it”: “I was so thrilled that you kept sending tunes because they would arrive and there were little stories in them just immediately for me,” she says. “I saw a lot of images and all I had to do was sit back and narrate what I saw.” The two also discuss the album’s double-entendre title, working with producer and beloved British musician Peter Asherand how the LP sounds more like a string quartet rather than a bluegrass album. “My own agent called me up, and he said I hope this doesn’t insult you but this is the best thing you’ve ever done.'”
Martin and Bickell continue to prove my view that all the cool kids are coming to Americana music.